July 20 - August 10, 2013

Half-life (t½) is the time required for a quantity to fall to half its value as measured from the beginning.

Washington State is full of half lives. It will be 24,100 years until the plutonium at Hanford reaches t½ (safety will have to wait for another 216,900). The Sitka Spruce at Lake Quinault (born in 1013 AD) will hopefully stand for another 1000. Container ships bring appliances to Seattle Seaport that will most likely fail in 5 years or less. The t½ of Starbucks enjoyment is 3 minutes hot, 2 minutes cold.

MONUMASS aims to put a temporary stick in the wheel of modern time. This 5’ tall “greeter” is carved from Persian Travertine marble that is 10 million years old. It will be sited in the entranceway of Victor Steinbrueck Park, a place unique in its history, its stunning territorial city/water views, and location next to the famous Pike Street Market. After holding court for three weeks amid a pair of old-growth totem poles and 1000’s of tourists/locals/homeless/drug dealers/mentally ill/birds, the work will disappear like a traffic cone. The contextual afterimage of MONUMASS will exist on the site for a short-while; the virtual ghost will haunt the internet at a t½ of forever.

Born in Manchester Connecticut in 1971, Seth David Friedman was the unexpected third of triplets. Having no formal art training, formative influences relate to: a) growing up in the first planned suburb in the United States, b) seeing a neighbor painting his house yellow against the contractual covenants, c) having many childhood discussions of his great Uncle Ralph’s theoretical Big Bang, d) successful re-programming/re-education by his wife and small children, e) carving a rock from the yard, and f) finding the result did not suck. Friedman has produced sculpture since 2009, exhibited in solo/group shows, and been written up in ArtSlant and The Stranger. He lives and works in Seattle Washington, a Medical Physicist by day and a stone carver by night. This is his first public project.

MONUMASS appreciates concerted support from the Seattle Parks Department/Historic Market Commission.
Victor Steinbrueck Park: 2001 Western Ave, Seattle Washington 98121 / map /

Photo Credit: Flickr / Nicola since 1972